Chris Rock Announces 2017 ‘Total Blackout’ Stand-Up Tour

“First time in nine years, haven’t done it in awhile. Been a little busy,” former Oscars host says

Last Updated: December 5, 2016 @ 11:18 PM

On the same day that Jimmy Kimmel was named 2017 Oscars host, 88th Academy Awards’ host announced that he is returning to stand-up.

Chris Rock shared the news with fans on social media that he’ll be hitting the road for the first time in nine years with his “Total Blackout” tour next year.

“Tonight, I am announcing that I, Chris Rock, am going on tour. The ‘Total Blackout’ tour is coming to your town in 2017,” Rock said in a Facebook Live video shot outside the Comedy Store on Hollywood’s Sunset Blvd.

“First time in nine years, haven’t done it in awhile. Been a little busy, You know, writing ‘Pootie Tang 3’ and everything. But hey, it’s time, OK,” he continued.

“See this guy right here?” Rock asked, pointing to his own photo on the Comedy Store Wall of Fame. “This guy is going on tour. I’m coming to your town, I’ve got all new material and I can’t wait to see you b—-s.”

It’s going to be a busy few months for Rock, who is set to star in two Netflix specials, which will presumably be filmed on his “Total Blackout” tour.

Chris Rock is a beloved actor and director, and his remarkable stand-up makes him comic royalty. There is no one like him, and Netflix offers the global platform and creative freedom that will serve as a perfect home for someone with his incredible talent,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement when the streaming specials were announced in October.

Rock’s tour begins Feb. 14 in Durham, North Carolina, and concludes on May 25 back in Cherokee, North Carolina, with dates across the country in between.

See the full schedule here.